Stop smoking books
The purpose of the StopSmokingUK website is to give smokers as much information as possible to assist them. This means information about the different kinds of help there are to stop smoking, but the idea is to present a broad range of information about smoking generally, all of which will help the thinking smoker to make the right decisions.
There are very many stop smoking books on the market, and such a book is the first point of reference for some smokers, particularly the ones who are prepared to spend a little time and effort on helping themselves (as opposed to going to their GP for a drug that purports to do it for them). So how do you choose a good stop smoking book? They all seem to have a different message, and naturally they all claim that their ideas are the best, so given that you are likely to buy just one, which one should it be? How do you differentiate between those apparently conflicting messages?
It rather depends on you yourself, and what you are looking for. On our website we review the three main books that are available in the UK, so here is an introduction to them.
If you want a book that will ‘brainwash’ you into believing that you don’t need to smoke, then any book by the late Allen Carr might be for you. His books were quite good at persuading people not to smoke, as long as they didn’t stop and think about the logic of what he was saying too closely, because the logic didn’t really hold up to close scrutiny. You will find it a bit repetitive, which some people don’t like, whereas some people find that is just what they need to get the message to stick in their minds, which is why it was written that way. The book is a bit short on facts, if long on persuasive ideas, so as I say it suits a certain type of reader.
If on the other hand you want a book that is going to treat you as an intelligent adult then you might prefer The NSCI Stop Smoking Handbook, by Robert Brynin, the Research Director of the National Smoking Cessation Institute. This book, despite being used by stop-smoking therapists, is surprisingly readable. In fact it was written for smokers themselves, not therapists, although hypnotherapists and acupuncturists who work with smokers have taken to it in such a big way. The Handbook is in two parts. The first gives you all the information you are going to need to stop (and this really is information you don’t see elsewhere). The second part takes you through a series of exercises, using the information from part one, in a logical, easy-to-follow programme.
(You can read free sample pages of this book – click here.)
The third book we review is by Gillian Riley. This has neither the advantages of the Allen Carr book nor Robert Brynin’s, in that Ms Riley is a psychologist and her approach is to persuade the reader that smoking is purely a psychological problem. Allen Carr knew this is not true, whereas it’s all Gillian Riley has to offer, and since the great majority of smokers know they are addicted to nicotine, even if they don’t understand exactly what that means or what to do about it, a book that says addiction doesn’t matter, not as brainwashing but as a statement of medical fact, does rather lack credibility.
There are, as I said, many many more stop smoking books than these, but depending on what you are looking for you probably don’t need to look further than these three.